BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) scored the go-ahead goal at 6:08 of the second period and sophomore goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) made a career-high 41 saves as No. 10 USCHO.com/No. 11 D3hockey.com Babson College edged visiting Williams College, 2-1, in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon at the Babson Skating Center.
With its seventh consecutive win, Babson is now 7-1-1 overall, while Williams slips to 1-2-0 with a second straight loss.
Junior Bobby Hall (Westwood, Mass.) also scored for the Beavers, who got assists from senior Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio), sophomores Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) and Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.), and first-year Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.).
Sophomore Roberto Cellini (Montreal, Quebec) had a goal and junior David Italiano (Toronto, Ontario) recorded an assist for the Ephs, while Michael Pinios (Laval, Quebec) turned away 22 shots in defeat.
Williams took a 1-0 lead just 2:06 into the contest when Cellini stuffed home the rebound of a shot by Italiano at the left post for his first goal of the season. The Green and White killed off 1:28 of a Williams 5-on-3 power play and then pulled even on Hall's blast from the left face-off circle at the 18:24 mark of the first.
The Beavers, who were 0-for-2 on the power play in the first period, took advantage of an Ephs' holding penalty just over five minutes into the second to go ahead for good. Ackerman ripped a blistering slap shot from the right point that deflected off the inside of the post for his second goal in as many games at the 6:08 mark.
The Babson defense took over from there as Pompa made 27 of his 41 saves over the final two periods to seal the win. The Green and White killed off an interference penalty late in the third and a trio of third-period penalties, including 29 seconds of another 5-on-3 Ephs' advantage midway through the stanza.
Williams' junior Daniel Doherty (Danvers, Mass.) hit the post less than two minutes into the third, and Pompa made two of his best saves later in the period. He made a sprawling stop on senior Alex Hagerty's (New Vernon, N.J.) bid to tie the game on an odd-man rush with 12:50 left and then denied senior Luke Stickel (Pittsburgh, Pa.) with 2:28 remaining when he tried to poke home a loose puck just outside the crease.
The Beavers were outshot 42-24, but held the Ephs to 0-for-7 on the power play.
Babson returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Amherst at 5 p.m., while Williams takes on Tufts in its home opener on Friday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 19-22-3 all-time against Williams and picked up their first win in the series since 2008.
• Babson is 7-0 at home this season and is 14-0-1 over its last 15 games at the Babson Skating Center going back to last year.
• With Saturday's win, the Beavers are now a perfect 4-0 this season in games decided by one goal.
• The Green and White is now 20-1-1 in the month of November going back to 2014.